In her latest collection, Jude Neale shares freshly intimate and richly evocative poems.
Jude Neale has brushed up against a measure of greatness within herself, in her latest book, The Flaw. Her words make you pause,
Jude Neale’s poems shimmer with the beauty of transcendence: Rooms with keys become a song of gratitude. A frightened heart turns into a dance with angels. These are the ‘flaws’ where the light of truth steals in. Through her poetry, Jude accomplishes what few of us can – she beams that healing light into those places of pain and sorrow – and celebrates them.
As in the Japanese art of Kintsugi, where vessels are made whole, where jagged shards are healed with gold, Jude Neale deftly calls in magic to heal our collective heart, in her book, The Flaw. Gathering together the alchemy of earth and sky, time and memory, spirit and longing in a compassionate embrace, she reveals her own heart grown wise and rich with human experience in her writing.
Jude Neale’s eleventh collection of poems, The Flaw, is an earthy evocation of hope, sorrow, joy and yearning. There is an honest sincerity and care in these poems and the kind of deep empathy too often negated in our dystopian age. As Jude Neale writes, “…will you raise the white flag or dance with the angels….”
Jude Neale’s poems are a leaping-off place where the soul begins to search for home. Her poems remind us to love fiercely despite the heavy burdens of our past and the ever-quickening arrival of life’s end. These poems are honest, innocent, vibrant—allowing for neither easy answers nor easy evasions—reminding us that “the hard white light/of remembering/will bleach every bone.” Neale’s The Flaw is both the wound and the healing.
With The Flaw Jude Neale once again guides us through the dens of the mind, the valleys of the heart and the heights of our collective humanity. With a sweeping inclusion of the varieties of contemporary existence, she illustrates our times from 'dog pee on the carpet' to death by 'the scream of the brakes':
A lone spark indeed; The Flaw is a masterful poetic precis of what it is to be human.